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Big Muddy

Journal of the Mississippi River Valley

About Big Muddy: Multidisciplinary issues and events, especially but not solely concerning the 10-state area that borders the Mississippi River, from the Canadian border to the Gulf Coast

Contact Information:

MS 2650, One University Plaza

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, MO  63701

Phone: 573-651-2044



Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Reading period: year-round Response time: 8-12 weeks Payment: copies Contests: Yes (see website) ISSN: 1532-9860 Founded: 2000 Issues per year: 2 Copy price: $8 Average pages: 150 Sample price (postpaid): $6 Subscription (1 year): $20

Publisher's description: Small Press Review calls Big Muddy “a captivating collection.” Big Muddy has been rollin’ since 2000, publishing an interdisciplinary selection of creative nonfiction essays, history, poetry, fiction, biography, environmental sciences, industry/business, photography, music, and art in a perfect-bound, color-cover format. While topics related to the Mississippi River Valley are always encouraged, a direct relation to the area is not necessary; after all, most of the continent leads in one way or another to the Big River Road. The magazine also includes short (300-500 word) reviews of predominantly independent and university-press books.

Our past contributors include emerging writers who deserve to be heard, as well as well-known voices such as that of Colleen McElroy, Stephen Graham Jones, Virgil Suarez, Jim Elledge, Elaine Fowler Palencia, Ryan G. Van Cleave, David Radavitch, and Richard Newman. Big Muddy sponsors two annual fiction contests: the Mighty River Short Story contest and the Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction contest.

Recent issues:

This issue [14.1, 2014] features Mighty River and Wilda Hearne Fiction Contest Winners Robert Garner McBrearty and Catherine Browder. Plus more from C.D. Albin, Katherine A. Baskin, Becky Browder, Lesley Brower, Richard Cecil, Mark Christhilf, Tricia Currans-Sheehan, Jim Daniels, Paul Felsch, James O. Ferrugia, David Gross, Katherine Kipp, John P. Kristofco, Robert Parham, Paul Pekin, Elyse Schuler-Cruz, Matthew Sissom, Geo. Staley, Paul Stroble, John Samuel Tieman, James Ulmer, James Valvis, Marlene VanderWiel, and Lesa Williams.

This issue [13.2, 2013] features nonfiction by Mark Spitzer and Barbara Haas; fiction by Elaine Fowler Palencia, Becky Browder, Patrick Hicks, David P. Langlinais, Joel Garber, Dayne Sherman, and Eugenie de Rosier; photography by Bradley Phillips; reviews; and poetry by Dante Di Sefano, Connie Post, Terry Savoie, Richard T. Rauch, John P. Kristofco, Mark Wisniewski, A.D. Winans, Robert Lowes, Steve Myers, C.L. Bledsoe, Arthur Gottlieb, Bray McDonald, David Radavich, and more.

This issue of Big Muddy [13.1, 2013] includes our two prose competition winners: “Inheritance” by Anna Dizack (Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Award) and “Lure” by Jessica Weatherford (Mighty River Short Story Award), as well as work by Stephanie Dickinson (fiction), Jianqing Zheng (poetry), Cróna Gallagher (fiction), Steven Bender (history), Mark Taksa (poetry), Willy Conley (photography), Mike Bezemek (essay), Malaika Favorite (poetry), Angelina Oberdan (poetry), Bridgette Shade (fiction), Robert Joe Stout (poetry), Robert Hamblin (fiction), David Gross (poetry), and others.


last updated 07/28/2014